I Am. I Will Be : The Motto Of World Cancer Day

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I Am. I Will Be : The Motto Of World Cancer Day
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"I am. I will be ": the motto of World Cancer Day 2019

The fourth of February is World Cancer Day. In 2019 it is held under the motto “I am. I will,”urging everyone to remember that a cancer diagnosis is not a sentence. However, a person cannot defeat cancer alone, and he needs not only medical, but also psychological, social and legal assistance, the support of the whole society.

"I am. I will be ": the motto of World Cancer Day 2019
"I am. I will be ": the motto of World Cancer Day 2019

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The fourth of February is World Cancer Day. In 2019 it is held under the motto “I am. I will”, urging everyone to remember that an oncological diagnosis is not a sentence. However, a person cannot defeat cancer alone, and he needs not only medical, but also psychological, social and legal assistance, the support of the whole society.

The rapid increase in cancer incidence makes us talk about a global cancer epidemic. According to the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), 9.6 million people die annually from cancer in the world. That's more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. At the same time, according to UICC experts, the adoption by states of the whole world of global Strategies for the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer will save up to 3.7 million lives annually. More than a third of cancer cases are preventable, according to WHO. Another third can be cured if identified early and treated correctly.

More than 3.6 million cancer patients are currently registered in Russia (this is 2.5% of the country's population), more than 600 thousand new cases are registered annually. The slogan of World Cancer Day 2019 is “I am. I will”- a call to everyone to remember that an oncological diagnosis is not a sentence. However, a person cannot defeat cancer alone. Moreover, a cancer patient needs not only medical, but also psychological, social, and legal support. However, in Russia, such support for seriously ill people at the systemic level is still not carried out.

In 2018, consultants of the hotline of the Service for Helping Cancer Patients and Their Relatives "Clear Morning" 8-800-100-0191 responded to 35259 calls to the All-Russian hotline. Psychological inquiries were made by 42% of subscribers, informational - 26%, for consultation on medical law - 18% of subscribers. About half of all those who applied to the hotline are patients themselves, mainly with stage IV cancer and those whose stage has not yet been determined.

About half of the questions concern getting free medical care and drug provision. Difficulties in obtaining disability and benefits for cancer patients (16%) are the next most frequent among the total number of legal requests. There are no major changes in the situation with the routing of cancer patients: more than 50% of information requests are still related to the search for medical institutions - oncological dispensaries, palliative care departments, emergency services.

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Cancer patients and their loved ones continue to urgently need psychotherapeutic support - the majority of calls to the Service's 24-hour hotline are still calls to a psychologist. A third of all those who applied to the hotline for psychological support use the help of counseling psychologists in order to cope with a difficult mental state and find the strength to fight the disease. About 13% of callers want to understand how to support a loved one with cancer; 11% of appeals are related to crisis conditions: affect, shock after diagnosis or suicidal thoughts.

“Psychological assistance should become an integral part of the treatment and rehabilitation of an oncological patient, as it happens in any developed country. For more than 10 years we have been helping our patients and their loved ones find the strength to fight the disease, but still we would like to see some progress in this issue from the health care organizers,”says Olga Goldman, director of the Clear Morning Service.

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